The public can follow a team of scientists aboard the research vessel Sikuliaq as they spend the month of August studying conditions that existed on the Bering Land Bridge during the last ice age.
The project, led by University of Alaska Fairbanks geology professor Sarah Fowell, will collect samples from beneath the sea floor to learn about the vegetation and climate of the region about 25,000 years ago.
The project team will share updates during their journey via several digital and social media channels:
- Aboard the Sikuliaq: The Bering Land Bridge
- UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics
- R/V Sikuliaq
- @sikuliaq on Twitter
- Daily email updates
- WhatsApp chat group
There will also be opportunities to learn more about the project directly from the research team.
- An in-person community event to discuss the project also will be held on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. at Old St. Joe’s Church in Nome.
- A ship-to-shore live broadcast from Sikuliaq is scheduled on Aug. 24 at noon as part of the National Science Foundation’s “Live from the Arctic” series. The event is geared toward elementary and middle school students, but everyone is invited to join.
- A discussion of the Bering Land Bridge research project was highlighted in a Strait Science lecture hosted by the UAF Northwest Campus in Nome on May 25. A video of the lecture is available online.
More information about the Bering Land Bridge research project is available through Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.